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Test rode a Harley

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  1. jnappier

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    I test rode a 2014 Heritage Softail Classic yesterday and was impressed. Extremely smooth motor with almost no vibration. At 70 mph the mirrors were clear. Of course the heritage has the b motor with counter balancers. I would get a shorter windshield, highway pegs and remove the silver studs from the seat and saddle bags. I'm not into bedazzling, not anymore anyway.
    It was very easy to ride and handles like a dream. I would loose the heel shifter, I prefer toe shifter only. I want one. Anyone interested in my Highball? Lol but no seriously.
     
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    Nice to see someone give a honest opinion
     
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    I rode a Fatboy last year and thought it was really nice too. Only problem I had with it was lack of ground clearance. Even just putting around a corner had the floorboards shearing.
     
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    I have owned a 2006 Harley super glide I purchased new, sold it and bought a used V-ROD that I really liked. Oh and a couple of sportsters. I have ridden Road Kings, Electra-Glide, and a couple of others but never the Heritage,
     
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    How's the performance compare To your highball?
     
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    It was a stock 103 CU, it had good power and torque, not as good as the Highball but it's a heavier bike. I owned a 1999 Victory V92 that was setup the same way, big windshield, leather saddle bags, very comfortable but the seat needed to move back a couple of inches to fit me correctly, otherwise the most comfy cruiser on the highway I have ridden.
     
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    Have they given the cockpit a little more room? This was one of my issues.
     
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    I'm a little cramped on the big Harley's, but otherwise I've enjoyed riding them.
     
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    I rented a street glide last summer while out of town. Not a bad bike but it sure made me even more happy with my vic.
     
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    I agree Harley has the same problem as Indian for me. I just feel cramped. And i know after meeting you that you have the same issues.
     
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    Softails...
    The rear suspension was designed to look a certain way (like a rigid frame). It was not designed to work especially well. Yeah, it looks good. No, it doesn't work so good.

    The "B" motor makes less power than the "A" motor due to parasitic losses of turning the balancer shaft.

    The Breakout and Night Train models look pretty cool... The Fat Boy and Heritage models don't do anything for me.
     
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    The demo ride I did started on a beat up section of road. I rode the new Road Glide over it first. It bounced around and sounded like it was going to shake the bike apart. Afterward, I rode it on the the Fatboy and it MUCH smoother. I was impressed.

    Now maybe it would wallow if ridden hard in the corners. I'll never know as it was decking the floorboards every time we made a turn...even at our parade speed.

    With its counterbalanced engine, it felt downright Victorylike, but was more compact than the steel frames and clearance issues aside, felt downright sporty.

    I agree with your assessment of their looks. Neither appeals to me in that regard, but I do like the looks of the Deluxe which is the same basic platform. If they could fix the clearance and bring the price down in the Low Rider range, I'd consider one. Better yet, if they'd just drop the B engine in the Low Rider, they'd really get my attention.
     
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    Odd, because to me ( performance aside) I always considered the KP the same era of styling as the FB.

    Did I mention, putting performance aside? Bears repeating.
     
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    I'm 5'10" and the heritage softail classic fit me just fine.
     
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    I have had 2 heritage's first one was a 1998 evo and a 2006 with the 96 cubic inch engine twin cam. put over 40,000 on the 98 & over 65,000 on the 06 liked the 06 way better with the counter balanced engine. they are good bikes only real draw backs to me was the suspension front & rear has short travel which made for a ride that would make for more frequent stops on longer rides also the bike could get squirrely in tight turns the front end felt like it wasn't holding it's own and drifted. it also would have been nice to have a little more leg room. once over coming those shortfalls I did like those bikes and if they had better suspension they would be back on my list the CR, to me, is better handling and a lot more comfortable ride
     
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